Metro Nashville Police interim chief wants the job

Metro Nashville Police interim chief wants the job


Metro Nashville Police Department interim Chief John Drake grew up in Music City and told a group of Nashvillians Saturday morning he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

“I’m looking to stay here a lot longer,” he said during an hour-long Saturday morning community conversation conducted via the Zoom platform and emceed by Nashville Vice Mayor Jim Shulman.

About 80 people including dignitaries Davidson County Clerk Brenda Wynn and Metro council members John Rutherford and Patricia Campbell tuned into the 10 a.m. call that focused on Drake’s recent transition into the department’s top spot. The call also referenced his philosophy and aspirations for the nearly 1,500 staffed department that polices close to 700,000 residents.

Former police Chief Steve Anderson’ retired Aug. 6. Drake, the department’s former deputy chief, assumed command of the department Aug. 7.

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